El Jolgorio de Massachusetts


Growing Initiatives

“El Jolgorio” is a volunteer-led non-profit organization that advances leadership and educational attainment among Latino children by supporting educational programs as well as Latino-based cultural events that strive to preserve and promote traditional Latino culture.


Celebrating the Decima

An unprecedented initiative, El Jolgorio de Massachusetts partnered with Berklee College of Music, Wheelock College and the Boston Arts Academy to deliver 2 days of cultural and musical exchanges between Boston and Puerto Rico; all the while celebrating and elevating the Decima, Puerto Rico’s traditional poetic verse.


Celebrate Life with “Salud y Trova”

The first of its kind ever in Massachusetts, this program brought together El Jolgorio, La Alianza Hispana and the Office of the Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino to host the first-ever Public Health Fair, coupled with traditional folk art and music from Puerto Rico.


The Puerto Rican Festival

The Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts was founded forty-two years ago in the South End of Boston; with a small group of Puerto Rican pioneers who decided to organize an activity, whereby the community could promote a sense of belonging and cultural affirmation within the state.


Lynn Hispanic Scholarship Fund

El Jolgorio is a constant supporter of the Lynn Hispanic Scholarship Fund (LHSF). Each year, this local scholarship organization offers ten $500 scholarships to outstanding Latino scholars from Lynn Massachusetts.


Estrellas Tropicales

Estrellas Tropicales started 30 years ago when founder Felicita Ryola took her two granddaughters and a friend to the Puerto Rican Day Parade in the South End to march and twirl. Today, this baton-twirling group has guided a notably diverse group of more than 5,000 children into adulthood.


Pedro Diaz - Book Release

Pedro Diaz HernandezAs part of its support of Latino authors, El Jolgorio sponsors Pedro Diaz Hernandez, who each year releases a book.  Mr. Diaz Hernandez writes books that recount varying accounts of life in Dominican Republic; from popular small-town personalities, to actual popular events that took place and are now part of local lore.


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